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Offshore Winds Inflate Wildfire Danger

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(credit: AP)

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Strong offshore winds around the Southland will make it chilly at night, warm during the day and potentially disastrous if a wildfire breaks out.

Overnight temperatures in the Antelope Valley will dip into the mid 20s, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a freeze warning until 9 a.m., and winds out of the north at 15-25 mph, with higher gusts are expected.

Gusts up to about 40 mph are possible in the San Fernando Valley Saturday morning, where a wind advisory will be in effect until at least noon.

The windy weather will promote clear skies and the Los Angeles Basin will warm up due to compressional heating as air flows out of the desert and over the mountains.

Highs around the city will be in the 70s and low 80s Saturday with winds out of the north gusting up to about 25 mph.

Because of the winds and low relative humidity, the NWS initially issued a red flag warning for parts of the Inland Empire, Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains and foothills, but that warning was canceled shortly before sunrise.

Metro-area lows will be in the 40s and 50s overnight, and frost is likely in the high desert, where lows are expected to dip below freezing again.

Sunday should be slightly less breezy and slightly cooler.

(©2010 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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